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Date: 2008-07-28 21:03
Subject: Favorite D&D Adventures
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What are your Top 5 favorite D&D adventures? Any edition, any company.

Here are mine:

1. QUEEN OF THE SPIDERS
2. RAVENLOFT
3. THE VILLAGE OF HOMMLET
4. EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS
5. AGAINST THE CULT OF THE REPTILE GOD

Given that list, it appears I like rural adventures for low-level characters and off-the-wall epic weirdness.

Surprise.

They're currently discussing this subject over on En World.

A few years back I put together a huge article in Dungeon magazine that surveyed more than a dozen prominent D&D enthusiasts (mostly current and former D&D adventure writers, several influential editors, and a few key fans) and cobbled together a consensus "TOP 30 ADVENTURES OF ALL TIME" list that looked something like this:

1. QUEEN OF THE SPIDERS
2. RAVENLOFT
3. TOMB OF HORRORS
4. THE TEMPLE OF ELEMENTAL EVIL
5. EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS
6. THE DESERT OF DESOLATION
7. THE KEEP ON THE BORDERLANDS
8. RETURN TO THE TEMPLE OF ELEMENTAL EVIL
9. WHITE PLUME MOUNTAIN
10. RETURN TO THE TOMB OF HORRORS
11. THE GATES OF FIRESTORM PEAK
12. THE FORGE OF FURY
13. DWELLERS OF THE FORBIDDEN CITY
14. DEAD GODS
15. CASTLE AMBER
16. THE ISLE OF DREAD
17. RUINS OF UNDERMOUNTAIN
18. THE HIDDEN SHRINE OF TAMOACHAN
19. AGAINST THE CULT OF THE REPTILE GOD
20. SCOURGE OF THE SLAVE LORDS
21. DARK TOWER
22. THE LOST CAVERNS OF TSOJCANTH
23. THE FORGOTTEN TEMPLE OF THARIZDUN
24. CITY OF THE SPIDER QUEEN
25. DRAGONS OF DESPAIR
26. CITY OF SKULLS
27. THE SINISTER SECRET OF SALTMARSH
28. THE LOST CITY
29. THE ASSASSIN'S KNOT
30. THE GHOST TOWER OF INVERNESS

What are your Top 5 D&D adventures?
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Wiredwizard: StormBringer (D42)
User: wiredwizard
Date: 2008-07-29 04:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:StormBringer (D42)
Barrier Peaks will always be my all time favorite campaign.

5 guys, a 4 day weekend, a whole lot of pizza & coke, and a a set of throw-away characters made specifically just for a game of What Bizzarre Way Can We Die *This Time?! Radiation poisoning, detonating the ship's autodestruct, engaging the ship's FTL drive in atmosphere (after the first few times through, the DM started to make up parts of the ship not covered in the original module), etc. etc. etc. made for a hell of a lot of fun. =)
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burritoalpastor
User: burritoalpastor
Date: 2008-07-29 04:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My #1 is Maure Castle. Beyond that, I couldn't really say.
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Alex: sephy
User: gwydapllew
Date: 2008-07-29 04:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:sephy
1. Isle of Dread
2. Temple of Elemental Evil
3. The Whispering Cairn
4. City of the Spider-Queen
5. Into the Wormcrawl Fissure


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sben
User: sben
Date: 2008-07-29 05:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
* Dwellers of the Forbidden City
* Ravenloft
* Pharoah
* Descent into the Depths of the Earth -- back before the word "Underdark" even existed, this scenario was so inspiring
* The Dancing Hut (from Dragon #83)

I liked Ravager of Time back then, but today would approach it more as a box of ideas than as a plot-driven story. Same with the Desert of Desolation trilogy as a whole. Ravenloft II, with some serious editing work, might even end up better than the original, but not as published.

I have a soft spot in my heart for In Search of the Unknown, but purely for nostalgia.

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mr_orgue
User: mr_orgue
Date: 2008-07-29 05:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In no particular order...

B10 Night's Dark Terror
D3 Vault of the Drow
The Forge of Fury
O2 Blade of Vengeance
A2 Secret of the Slaver's Stockade

I have love for many others but these delivered the most fun to my table, sometimes on multiple occasions.
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botrytis
User: botrytis
Date: 2008-07-29 05:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Only five? Ask me again in a year and this list might be different, but for now:

1. The Village Of Hommlet (it's a classic, providing a great starting settlement plus some adventure near by).
2. Ravenloft (Even though I've only ever played it using WFRP).
3. Expedition To The Barrier Peaks (recently taken to a game session for the illustration of the Froghemoth :) ).
4. The Lost City (never played, but I just love the idea of a hollow pyramid with a deranged culture worshipping an ancient evil).
5. The Forge of Fury (played with two groups, worked well for both).
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Caine Chandler
User: pastryproducts
Date: 2008-07-29 05:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Temple of Elemental Evil
Isle of Dread
Ravenloft
Tomb of the Lizard King
The Forge of Fury (would've been much better as a 2nd Edition game though)

Though an honourable mention does go to Die! Vecna, Die! It was a great deal of fun, but it would not get near the Top 5, probably not even Top 10, but it was still enjoyable and gluttinous...that's a word, right?
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Mike Selinker
User: selinker
Date: 2008-07-29 05:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Before this year, my list would have all been TSR and WotC products. However, this year one product from another company intruded. It's not going to be surprising which one.

1. Ravenloft
2. Bastion of Broken Souls
3. The Tomb of Horrors
4. Pathfinders #1-6
5. White Plume Mountain

#1, #3, and #5 probably don't need any explanation. The word "formative" comes to mind for those.

#2 is not on anybody else's list, but I thought it was as revelatory as Watchmen was for comics. Bruce Cordell wrote the best plot I've ever seen for a D&D module, putting it in the pantheon with Shadows of Yog-Sothoth, The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues, and Ravenloft. It's only below the latter because of Ravenloft's complete transformation of adventure design and cartography.

#4 is the first modern module, in my opinion, as it totally reinterpreted a style of storytelling for D&D, showing people How It's Done. (And no, I didn't work on it. My first words in Pathfinder were in #7.)

Mike

Edited at 2008-07-29 05:43 am (UTC)
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Richard Green
User: richgreen01
Date: 2008-07-29 06:26 (UTC)
Subject: Bastion of Broken Souls
I'm running Bastion of Broken Souls at the moment for the second time as the climactic adventure of our 3.x campaign that started way back in 2000 with Death in Freeport. There are session logs on my LJ for anyone who's interested.

I don't think this module gets enough praise - it really is a very good high level plane-spanning D&D adventure, full of cool locations and encounters.

Edited at 2008-07-29 06:26 am (UTC)
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Richard Green
User: richgreen01
Date: 2008-07-29 06:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Very hard to do but here goes:

1. Desert of Desolation
2. Ravenloft
3. Mad Monkey vs the Dragon Claw
4. Red Hand of Doom
5. Wildspace
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-07-29 06:40 (UTC)
Subject: Top 5
Hmm. In no particular order...

Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. A timeless classic.
A1-4 Scourge of the Slave Lords (pick 1? A4)
T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil (pick 1? T1)
GDQ1-7 Queen of the Spiders (pick 1? D3
WG6 Isle of the Ape. It must be the big monkeys. I know this mod stinks, but it grabbed me as a kid :)

I really do love the supermodules, apparently.

Russ Taylor
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Merric Blackman
User: merricb
Date: 2008-07-29 07:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
1. Pharoah
2. Oasis of the White Palm

Yes, I know that these are part of the same series. However, they're different enough from each other, and I really don't like the final installment (Lost of Tomb of Martek) as much. Tracy Hickman had a fine appreciation of the importance of plot in D&D, and Oasis is perhaps his finest hour with it.

3. Keep on the Borderlands
4. Necropolis

I feel that these two adventures show Gary Gygax at his best. Keep isn't a "deep" module by any means, but it is probably my favourite introductory module (although Keep on the Shadowfell has much to recommend it). Necropolis is mature Gygax, and has many elements seen in his early work (such as Hommlet, Tomb of Horrors and other dungeons) but done very well indeed.

5. Dragons of Despair

Oh, this was a hard one to pick, but, ultimately, DL1 just has so many cool elements. The series went dreadfully wrong in DL2 (most railroaded beginning to an adventure ever, with about 10 encounters in a row before the PCs get a choice!), but I really like the first one.
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Nick Herold: The Good Doctor
User: drshoggoth
Date: 2008-07-29 07:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:The Good Doctor
In no special order...

The Tomb of Horrors
The Skinsaw Murders
Red Hand of Doom
The Whispering Cairn
The Isle of Dread
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theskyfullofdust
User: skyfullofdust
Date: 2008-07-29 09:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Most of the adventures I've played or ran were mostly self-designed, but of those that were published adventures, the followign top 5 stand out:

1. Temple of Elemental Evil
2. The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh
3. Dwellers of the Forbidden City
4. Castle Amber (actually playing this one at the moment; great fun)
5. City of Skulls (if only because it was the last adventure with players from both my old group and my core group).
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Miss Crazy-Hot
User: danicia
Date: 2008-07-29 09:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
1. Maztica Campaign Set(Yeah, I still have mine) -
2. Castle Greyhawk
3. Ravenloft
4. Temple of Elemental Evil
5. The Mines of Bloodstone
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Joe Selby
User: the_outlaw
Date: 2008-07-29 10:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wrote 33 adventures for the RPGA. They are written in the way I like to play, so my favorite adventures are my own. :)
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dqg_neal
User: dqg_neal
Date: 2008-07-29 11:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
1. THE ISLE OF DREAD
2. CASTLE AMBER
3. QUEEN OF THE SPIDERS
4. WHITE PLUME MOUNTAIN
5. EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS
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Paul: twizzlers
User: blizack
Date: 2008-07-29 11:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:twizzlers
In no particular order:

NIGHT'S DARK TERROR
WHEN A STAR FALLS
THE SENTINEL
THE GAUNTLET
RAVAGER OF TIME

I think I may have given my very particular preferences away...
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lemuriapress
User: lemuriapress
Date: 2008-07-29 19:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
LOL. I take it you're British?
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Paul: buggin
User: blizack
Date: 2008-07-29 19:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:buggin
No, but I used to live there and was introduced to fantasy there. Lots of Robin of Sherwood, Wizards, Warriors and You gamebooks, and the like. Dragon Warriors, Lone Wolf, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay... I am a big fan of old British stuff like that, and it shaped my preferences a lot.

Anyway, when it comes to "classic D&D", I tend to prefer the TSR UK stuff to the Gygax modules. There's a different feel to it, I think... more medieval and grounded in some ways. At the same time, there are some truly wacky ideas thrown in there, like turning the entire party into old farts (Ravager of Time) or giving them all the memories of a travelling band of monks that were murdered (When a Star Falls).

Oddly, despite the high regard in which they're usually held, the Saltmarsh series didn't do much for me...
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Richard Green
User: richgreen01
Date: 2008-07-30 06:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was thinking about the UK modules and how good they were the other day. The Sentinel & The Gauntlet in particular are excellent, but I also enjoyed When a Star Falls and Beyond the Crystal Cave (and its annoying leprechauns!). My big regret is I never got to play in the U series.
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JediSoth
User: jedisoth
Date: 2008-07-29 12:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmmm...my top 5 would have to be:
1. Queen of the Demonweb Pits
2. Scourge of the Slavelords
3. Oasis of the White Palm
4. The Banewarrens
5. The Keep on the Borderlands
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varianor
User: varianor
Date: 2008-07-29 12:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have a list of five that never made print. I'll spare you.

Print adventures (no particular order)

Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh
Ravenloft
Hamlet of Thumble
The Bonegarden
Vault of the Iron Overlord
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sir_ollibolli
User: sir_ollibolli
Date: 2008-07-29 13:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I only played or DM'ed a few, since most of my playing experience was either homebrew campaigns or other systems. But of those few the TOP 5 are:

- Treausre Hunt (N4, fond memories for being my intro into AD&D)
- NeMoren's Vault (first foray into D&D3 and a great starting adventure)
- Life's Bazaar (Dungeon #89, ran it twice and it was memorable both times, never managed to finish SC though)
- Final Resting Place (Dungeon #122, great adventure that had so much repercussions for my campaign from just a few paragraphs about a crystal book)
- Gangs of Freeport (for being the best possible fit into my Freeport campaign and describing a great finale for a recurring villain, great adventure by Ari Marmell)
- Hollow's Last Hope (the first Golarion offering and a doozy to boot)

hmm, i listed 6 and I have to take one down? sigh...
I'd probably remove Final Resting Place.
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dclingman
User: dclingman
Date: 2008-07-29 12:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Temple of the Frog
Against The Giants
Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
White Plume Mountain
Tomb of Horrors!!!!
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Osito: geek
User: osito71
Date: 2008-07-29 12:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:geek
In no particular order:

N1 - Against the Cult of the Reptile God
N3 - Destiny of Kings
UK7 - Dark Clouds Gather
X2 - Castle Amber
G1-2-3 Against the Giants

Though to be honest, my most favorite adventures are from Dungeon Magazine's 1E/2E days.
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James Maliszewski
User: maliszew
Date: 2008-07-29 13:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tomb of Horrors (the ultimate test of player, not character, skill)
The Village of Hommlet ("Gygaxian fantasy" explained)
Castle Amber (a terrific evocation of weird fantasy)
Dwellers of the Forbidden City (a near-perfect pulp fantasy romp)
Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (a reminder that D&D roots transcend vanilla fantasy)
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mordicai caeli
User: mordicai
Date: 2008-07-29 14:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I haven't played a lot of premade DnD adventures? Besides the 3e stuff, of which I've played...um, the first one, Sunless Citidal, & then the next few in that "series"...um, Forge of Fury & then that super weird one with-- druids? Gibbering mouthers? Purple worms? Sleeper in Dreams or whatever it was, with the vizier that read as super evil & then turned out to be a mindflayer. I told my party they should let me kill the vizier-- ALWAYS kill the vizier!

I played a lot of Earthdawn modules, in my youth, actually.
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His Baconic Majesty: DM from Hell
User: pigbark
Date: 2008-07-29 16:13 (UTC)
Subject: Let's see...
Keyword:DM from Hell
in no particular order

Keep on the Borderlands
Slave Pits of the Undercity
The Lost Cavern of Tsojcanth
The Witchfire Trilogy
The Isle of Dread
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Paka: lavachild
User: paka
Date: 2008-07-29 16:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lavachild
But I can't name things that showed up in Dungeon, right? So;

1. The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh (the second module has one big problem, I haven't read the third in the series)
2. Against the Giants (only skimmed the 2e version)
3. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
4. Ravenloft (just in general, the 3e version was seriously cool)
5. The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (merely okay adventure but scores major major points for having the extra monster section in the back.)
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User: messy1349
Date: 2008-07-29 17:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
tomb of horrors
maure castle
the dancing hut
in the dungeons of the slave lords
the whispering cairn

messy :-)
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Rodney Thompson
User: gamescribe
Date: 2008-07-29 17:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hm, toughie.

1. Ravenloft (and I'll include Expedition to Castle Ravenloft too)
2. Test of the Smoking Eye (was tempted to make this #1)
3. White Plume Mountain
4. Pharoah (I'm a sucker for ancient Egyptian stuff)
5. The Apocalypse Stone (mostly for the concept; I love the idea of the "Campaign Ender" adventure)

Honorable mention: The Champion's Belt & The Prince of Redhand
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Merric Blackman
User: merricb
Date: 2008-07-30 04:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Did you ever read/play Gygax's Necropolis, Rodney?
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Steven E Schend
User: brainstormfront
Date: 2008-07-29 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
1. Village of Hommlett
2. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
3. White Plume Mountain
4. Ghost Tower of Inverness
5. Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth

I'd have voted for Ruins of Undermountain, but as I edited it, I figure it's out of bounds for my vote. ;)

SES
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Steven E Schend
User: brainstormfront
Date: 2008-07-30 01:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Whoops. Totally blanked on another one; let's bump everything down one, drop Tsojcanth off the list, and put Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl down as my #1.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-07-30 01:46 (UTC)
Subject: My Top Modules
1. The Assassin's Knot
2. Against the Cult of the Reptile God
3. Dwellers of the Forbidden City
4. Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan
5. Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh
HM: Village of Hommlet, Sentinel/Gauntlet, Whispering Cairn, Seven Days to the Grave
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emeraldlich: TalonsDragon
User: emeraldlich
Date: 2008-07-30 17:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:TalonsDragon
1. EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS
2. DWELLERS OF THE FORBIDDEN CITY
3. CASTLE AMBER
4. THE LOST CITY
5. THE SECRET OF BONE HILL

"Expedition" is just one of the best adventure modules ever written. My own adventure "Talons of the Horned King" is essentially one big love letter to "Expedition".

I was always hoping to see you guys tackle something "Expedition"-inspired in Dungeon Magazine. (And still hoping to see it in Pathfinder someday.)
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bobmungovan
User: bobmungovan
Date: 2008-07-30 20:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
1) The Ruins of Undermountain
2) City of the Spider Queen
3) Tomb of the Lizard King
4) Keep on the Borderlands
5) The Speaker in Dreams

Commentary:
#1 Was my default for all my 2nd ed play.
#2 Was the first "mega-module" I ran beginning to end
#3 This was an AD&D module I ran a few times, and is a bit underrated IMO compared to the other "standards".
#4 My first
#5 A great event-based mod.
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mrbaron_bps
User: mrbaron_bps
Date: 2008-08-03 11:00 (UTC)
Subject: Top 5!
Here are mine in no particular order:

1. I6 Ravenloft -> The classic haunted house. I actually like the 2nd ed version the best.

2. Vault of Larin Karr -> This is one of the early ones from Necro, and I thinks its one of their best! I can not say good things about this module. It has a little bit of everything.

3. City of the Spider Queen -> I like it, but I also have to acknowledge that it has some editing issues.

4. Necropolis -> This is one of Gary's later modules that was redone by Necro. I believe that this is a lot better than the earlier desert series.

5. A1-4 Slave Lord series -> These are the very first modules that I bought, and they still remain a classis in my eyes.

Honorable mentions:

1. Queen of the Spiders - This one is a classic, but I do have some commentary on it. Q1 is a bit of a mess. It does not feel like it fits in with the rest, and the walking spider ship seems a bit odd. The G & D series are very traditional in design, and then Q1 seems very different. I also think that if it was rewritten today, with additional encounters and Q1 redone, it would be much better. I am not sure it will happen, but...

2. Keep on the Borderlands -> I like this one, but I agree that the DM needs to breath some life into it.

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mrbaron_bps
User: mrbaron_bps
Date: 2008-08-03 11:02 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Top 5!
whoops...small typo. Should read:

2. Vault of Larin Karr -> This is one of the early ones from Necro, and I thinks its one of their best! I can not say enough good things about this module. It has a little bit of everything.
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